Belfast Marathon: Watch thousands of runners hit the city streets

The 2018 Belfast City Marathon saw around 17,000 pounding the streets over the 26.2-mile distance.

The majority of participants set off from Belfast City Hall at 9am in a bid to complete the 37th running of the race.

The Belfast City Marathon is under way

The Belfast City Marathon is under way

Kenyan runners claim victory in men's and women's races

Kenyan Eric Koech stormed to victory, hitting the tape in a cool 2:18:20.

His compatriot, Caroline Jepchirchir, was first past the post in the women's race in a time of 2:41:17. Last year's winner, Laura Graham, from Kilkeel, produced another superb display to take second in 2:43:34.

The event saw a surge in the number of entries this year with around 3,000 taking on the full distance.

This year also saw an increase of Team Relay participants, with around 2,200 five-person relay teams taking part. Numbers were further boosted by those taking part in the wheelchair race, eight-mile walk and fun run.